USPTO just listed a patent application made by Apple. Apparently the Cupertino company has decided to discard the conventional 3.5mm headphone jack to introduce a wireless hybrid headphone system.
Apple has introduced a cable and connector which is capable of transmitting analog and digital signals, simultaneously. In other words, you can charge and control your device at the same time. This new invention allows the company to substantially reduce the ground loop effect which adversely affects the audio quality of a smartphone. According to the picture attached below, the headphone is attached to the iPhone via a special ‘ headphone connector ‘. This dedicated connector, as claimed by Apple, can be either ” a USB connector, a SATA connector or any other desired connector.” However, this must be noted that the connector is placed on the top side of the handset while the current flagships feature a 3.5mm headphone connector on the bottom.
These new headphones by Apple host a small computer inside them which includes a battery, processor, memory and an antenna. This smart headphone will be able to self authenticate before pairing and buffering incoming audio. This allows it to shift between wireless and wired sound without any drop-out. On the other hand, the antenna is used to send and receive wireless signals even when the headphone is being charged via the wired cable connection.
Reportedly, this technology could be featured in an in-ear, over-ear and on-ear styles. Thus Apple may introduce a new line-up of EarPods alongside the release of Apple iPhone 7 in September. We will be constantly updating you as the topic develops, so stay tuned.
On the other hand, a well-known Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, stays true to his previous claims which claim that the Cupertino company won’t be revealing a major design update this year, instead the iPhone scheduled for next year will featured with the iPhone 4 like design with AMOLED display and all-glass enclosure. The analyst is also claiming that the upcoming Apple iPhone 7 Plus will be offered in different variants. There will be a special edition of the 7 Plus (which might be called iPhone 7 Pro) that will, allegedly, feature a dual camera system on its back. These lens are to be manufactured by Sony and are expected to be of 12 megapixels each. One of the lens will host a larger aperture than the other and will be accompanied by OIS. The other lens will be equipped by 2-3x optical zoom. Note that almost a year ago, Apple was given a patent for the exact photographic setup mentioned above.
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